Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. He is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. Poe is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature as a whole.

Books

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  1. 1. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

    This collection brings together all of the author's most famous works, including poems, short stories, and novellas. Known for his macabre and gothic storytelling, the author's works are filled with themes of death, love lost, and human frailty. Notable inclusions are the haunting poem "The Raven," the chilling stories "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," and his only complete novel, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym."

    The 114th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a mystery novel that follows an amateur detective who uses his extraordinary analytical skills to solve a series of brutal murders that have baffled the police. The victims, two women, were killed in their locked Paris apartment under mysterious circumstances. The detective, with his unique method of deductive reasoning, uncovers the shocking truth behind the murders, revealing an unexpected perpetrator.

    The 964th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

    This novel follows the adventures and misadventures of Arthur Gordon Pym, who stows away on a whaling ship called the Grampus. After a mutiny on board, Pym and a few others survive and they journey further south, encountering bizarre creatures and civilizations, including a tribe of black-skinned natives on an island near the South Pole. The book ends abruptly, leaving Pym's fate unknown. The narrative is a mix of adventure, horror, and exploration, with elements of symbolism and metaphysics.

    The 1120th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Fall of the House of Usher

    "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a chilling tale of a visit to a friend's decaying mansion, where the visitor witnesses strange events and learns about the Usher family's curse. The story is filled with eerie incidents, including the illness of the lady of the house, her subsequent death and entombment in the family vault, and her terrifying reappearance. The story culminates in the literal and metaphorical crumbling of the Usher house, symbolising the end of the cursed Usher lineage.

    The 1211th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Pit and the Pendulum

    In this classic tale of suspense and horror, a man is sentenced to death by the Spanish Inquisition and trapped in a dark, seemingly inescapable chamber. He faces various tortures, including the threat of a slowly descending pendulum blade and the terror of a pit in the center of his cell. As he uses his wits to survive, he experiences the psychological torment of impending doom and the physical pain of his dire situation.

    The 1502nd Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Tell Tale Heart And Other Writings

    This collection of writings by a master of macabre literature delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche, exploring themes of guilt, madness, and the supernatural. It features a chilling tale of a murderer haunted by the incessant beating of his victim's heart, as well as a selection of poems and short stories that showcase the author's penchant for mystery and the gothic. The narratives are woven with a rich, poetic language that enhances their eerie atmosphere, making this compilation a quintessential representation of the author's haunting literary style and his influence on the horror genre.

    The 6182nd Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Essays And Reviews

    "Essays and Reviews" is a collection of literary criticism and observations by a prominent 19th-century American writer, known for his sharp analytical skills and poetic brilliance. The book compiles a series of texts that delve into the author's views on poetry, fiction, and the art of writing, as well as his critiques of contemporary works and authors. His incisive commentary and often controversial opinions provide a window into the literary scene of his time, showcasing his influence on both the theory and practice of literary art. The collection is notable for its eloquent prose, keen insight, and the author's characteristic blend of wit and erudition.

    The 6195th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Eureka

    "Eureka" is a lengthy non-fiction work by an American writer, which presents a cosmological theory that predates the Big Bang theory by nearly 80 years. The essay delves into the author's intuitive conception of the nature of the universe, exploring the relationship between matter, energy, and the divine. It is a blend of poetry, science, and philosophy, where the author theorizes about the origins of the universe, its eventual collapse, and its subsequent re-creation in an eternal cycle. The work is highly speculative and metaphysical, reflecting the author's personal musings on the interconnectedness of all things and the ultimate understanding of God's design.

    The 6195th Greatest Book of All Time